By Alisha Thompson
As Davis residents mourn the loss of Sue Healey, better known as “Granny Sue,” to those she so graciously took under her wing, tributes pour in on state and national levels from politicians who have been directly impacted by their friendship with Sue.
Speaker of the House, Charles writes: “My family joins the many others across House District 22 mourning the loss of Sue Healey. Sue and her family are an institution in our state. Her contributions to building the modern Oklahoma Republican Party are unmatched, and her civic leadership in our communities will be felt long after her passing. While we all feel a tremendous void without Sue here, we can also take solace in how her life’s work made all our lives better. Sue is now reunited with her beloved husband Skip, and together they will continue blessing us all as they did throughout their lives.”
Congressman Frank Lucas said: “I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my good friend, Sue Healey. Oklahoma’s Republican Party knew no greater friends and advocates for fellow Republicans than Sue and her late husband Skip. Sue and her husband were role models to so many throughout Oklahoma, and while Skip is honored with the Baren ‘Skip’ Healey OKGOP Party Builder Award, every Oklahoman knows a good husband doesn’t get far in life without the support of an even stronger wife. The first time I met Skip and Sue was in 1978- Skip embodied the lifestyle of an Oklahoma cattleman, oilman, and dedicated civic leader while Sue was the always calming and endearing friend, no matter how long you knew her. I share the sentiment of my friend and colleague, Representative Tom Cole, in stating that Oklahoma will truly miss Sue’s kind soul. My thoughts and prayers go out to Sue’s family, friends, and the thousands who were impacted by her work and life.”
Congressman Tom Cole wrote: “I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my good friend and civic and Republican leader Sue Healey of Davis. Sue and her late husband ‘Skip’ were key players in the creation of the modern Republican Party in Oklahoma,” said Cole. “No one worked harder, no one helped and counseled more candidates and no one represented Republican values better than Sue, Skip and the Healey clan. But Sue was much more than a committed Republican. She was a wonderful wife, a loving mother and grandmother, a civic leader, a generous philanthropist and a role model and mentor to younger men and women. There is no doubt in my mind that Sue Healey is in heaven with her beloved husband Skip. We all meet many people over the course of a lifetime. I have been privileged to know an extraordinary number of truly admirable individuals. But the two finest women I have ever known were my own mother and Sue Healey. Each represented the best values of the state, which each loved, and both symbolized them with such distinction. Sue Healey was a great Oklahoman, and Oklahoma is a poorer place without her. I will revere and miss her for all the remainder of my days. My thoughts and prayers are with Sue’s family in these sad days of loss and mourning.”
Sue was born Leslie Sue Hill on July 23, 1935, to Patty Pearl (Thompson) Hill and Leslie Hezekiah Hill of Davis. On Dec. 27, 1955, she married Baren “Skip” Healey in Davis. Known affectionately to most as “Granny Sue,” she passed away peacefully on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021, in Davis, at the age of 85. Sue graduated from Davis High School in 1953 and received her Associates Degree from Murray State College in May 2002 at the age of 66. Her daughter, Casey, who was on the Board of Murray State at that time, handed Sue her diploma. Education was always very important to Granny Sue, and she made sure all her children felt the same and received their degrees.
Sue served as Chairman of the Board of OETA, President of the Oklahoma Cowbells, Founding Member of the Akomda Club (famously almost never missed a meeting since 1958), and has been a member of the First United Methodist Church of Davis since 1959. Sue always attended Sunday services, even though she had to attend recent services in her car due to Covid and social distancing rules.
Sue has always supported Davis High School (especially DHS football when her grandsons were playing). Some have credited the State Championship win of 2013 to the Thursday Pre-Game Tea Party at Granny Sue’s. The players loved these tea parties complete with china tea cups and whoopie-doodle tea snacks.
Sue’s political impact extended nationally, but her kind and generous heart will continue to make an impact on Davis residents for years to come.
(Editor’s note: Sue was a precious lady who showed every person she came in contact with kindness, love and respect. A woman who didn’t leave the room until she knew you felt better than you did when she found you. She gave unselfishly and silently, to everything she took part in. There was no bigger champion of Davis, Davis Public Schools and local business owners than, Sue Healey. She invested in those she cared about and would drop anything to be there if you needed her. Sue’s subscription to The Davis News was always current and she was the first and quickest to remind me that this newspaper is essential to the town of Davis. She was a beautiful soul. Our community is better for her example of service and compassion. She will be greatly missed. Our family and staff extend our sincerest condolences and prayers to Sue’s family and friends.)
By Alisha Thompson